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Helen Bach Moss Memorial Better Beginnings Award


The 2015 Better Beginnings Award Recipient

The 2015 Better Beginnings Award was presented to Ms. Derinda McKinstry on June 10, 2015 during a surprise classroom visit at Virgil I. Grissom School #7- Rochester City School District- Rochester Preschool Parent Program in Rochester, New York.

Pictured, left to right: Regent Wade Norwood (NYS Board of Regents), presents Ms. Derinda McKinstry with the 2015 Better Beginnings award.

Ms. McKinstry was unaware that she was the recipient of the 2015 Better Beginnings Award; she was nominated for the award by various individuals and then interviewed along with two other finalists for the award by the selection committee at NYSED.  Assistant Director Patricia Dangler organized a surprise classroom presentation for Ms. McKinstry, where she was presented with the award. Classroom parents and aides were also in attendance. Below are some images of the award presentation that took place at Virgil I Grissom School #7:

Ms. McKinstry pictured with some of her students after receiving the Better Beginnings award.

Pictured, back left to right: Principal David Lincoln, Dr. Michael Moss, Ms. Derinda McKinstry, Regent Wade Norwood, and Assistant Principal Robyn Roberts


Ms. McKinstry and her students embrace after the award presentation.

On behalf of the New York State Education Department, we were very pleased to present this award to an extraordinary teacher. Congratulations Ms. McKinstry and thank you Virgil I Grissom School #7 for welcoming us!

Last Updated: September 20, 2018